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    The Civil War Confederate Battle Flag of the 37th Mississippi Infantry. Retained by the family of Col. Orlando S. Holland since the Civil War and offered here for the first time. The flag is accompanied by a complete analysis package from noted flag authority Fonda Thomsen attesting to its authenticity. 43¼" on the hoist and 53¾" on the fly. The flag is constructed on a field of red wool English bunting, intersected by a 6½" - 7" blue wool bunting cross. The cross has twelve white cotton stars inserted into the fabric three on each arm. The cross is trimmed with two layers of 1¼" off white cotton fabric. The leading edge of the flag is turned to the reverse to form a 2" pole sleeve. Appliqued on the obverse only, in two rows with 2" white cotton letters, "37th Reg: Miss./Infantry". In the other quadrants are the shadows of previously applied battle honors, Port Gibson (in an arc), Baker's Creek, and Vicksburg. There are hints of an additional honor on the header quadrant. Ms. Thomsen speculates that the honors were lightly sewn at specific points and not stitched all the way around, thus accounting for their absence. As is evident in the photographs the flag exhibits damage as a result of, in Ms. Thomsen's words, use and insects". The flag was stitched, probably about fifty years ago to the while wool backing currently employed. It is totally unrestored. According to Ms. Thomsen, the flag is constructed in a style consistent with other Army of Mississippi flags. The 37th Mississippi was organized on April 28, 1862 at Columbus, Ms. and became part of Martin's Brigade, Little's Division. The regiment was active primarily in northeast Mississippi. Martin's Brigade also included the 36th and 38th Mississippi. A great Confederate battle flag worthy of complete restoration.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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